FAQs about the Looking for Alaska Movie

by John Green on July 21, 2006

Before we get to the day’s proper blogging, My dear friend Dean has recently taken a break from constantly complaining that I don’t link to his web site often enough to begin improving this Web site in various ways. For instance, I now apparently have an RSS and/or Atom feed, whatever those are. More exciting improvements forthcoming.

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But about that movie: Lately I have gotten a lot of questions about the “Looking for Alaska” movie, and so I thought I would answer some.

Q. Is “Looking for Alaska” being made into a movie?
A. That depends on what your definition of is is. About a year ago, the movie rights for “Alaska” were sold to Paramount, with Josh Schwartz (who created The O.C.) agreeing to write and direct the movie. The producers are also really great. Things are moving forward, but it will be quite a while before a movie starts shooting, so don’t start standing in line outside your local theater just quite yet. (Incidentally, did you know that famous author Cecil Castellucci stood in line for like four months for Star Wars: Episode I?)

Q. How do you feel about the idea of “Alaska” being a movie?
A. Good. I think Josh is a very good writer, which helps keep me from worrying. But regardless, you can’t worry too much about these things. To me, a book and the movie it is “based” on are only tangentially related. I’ve never been worried about the movie being an accurate adaptation of the book–partly because I’d rather have the movie be good than faithful, and partly because I don’t think it’s possible to make an adaptation that’s “true” to a book. There’s no way Alaska will look on screen like she looks in your head, is what I’m saying. And that’s okay.

Q. Who is going to play Alaska? Pudge? Takumi? Do you think they’ll cast the movie with people from The O.C.? Will Mischa Barton play Alaska? Etc.
A. I have no idea who will play anyone, but I rather doubt the cast of The O.C. will be featured in “Alaska.”

Q. Have you met Josh Schwartz?
A. I have.

Q. Is he really really hot?
A. He’s a nicely put together fellow.

Q. Is he hotter than Seth Cohen? Does he look like Seth Cohen?
A. Let’s talk about issues of substance. (Also, this is not really one of my areas of expertise.)

Q. Will there be any open casting calls?
A. I don’t know. But if there are, I will certainly let you know via this very blog.

Q. Do you know what’s going to happen next year on The O.C.?
A. No. Honestly I don’t even know exactly what happened this year on The OC, because we’re always busy on Thursdays and so I wait for the DVDs to come out.

Q. Marissa dies.
A. Thanks, jerkface.

Q. Everyone says that Hollywood is dirty and horrible. Do you agree?
A. I don’t know. It has its dirty and horrible parts. And I would never move there on account of how it seems to work out poorly for people in my family. But some of the writers I like the most live and work in Hollywood, and through the “Alaska” movie project I’ve met some people who I really admire. My experience has been very, very positive.

Q. So far.
A. Right. So far. You’re quite pessimistic, aren’t you?

Q. It’s my nature.
A. Fair enough. Any other questions?

Q. I think that’s it.
A. Okay. Well if anyone else has any questions, they should feel free to leave them in comments.

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Sheila July 2, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Let me start off by saying that Looking for Alaska was a phenomenal book. I absolutely loved it and also the fact that I was able to relate to almost every character in the book and also learn lessons from them. It was so flawlessly written, I think I might like it better than The Fault in Our Stars (but I love that book too).

Now that I’ve proclaimed my love for the book, I would like to state that this movie must be done perfectly. It needs a perfect cast and the basketball games, the smoking hole, the prank(s), all of it has to be done exactly right.

That being said I would like to share my “dream cast” for the movie. Maybe some of you will agree with me and maybe some of you won’t. But in my mind this is who fits the part.

Miles “Pudge” Halter – Freddie Highmore, Logan Lerman or Gaelan Connell

Chip “The Colonel” Martin – Josh Hutcherson, Dylan O’Brien or Jack O’Connell

Alaska Young – Kaya Scodelario, Emma Roberts, Willa Holand or Taissa Farminga

Takumi – Harry Shum

Mr. Starnes “The Eagle” – Peter Facinelli, Robert De Niro or JR Bourne (* i had a difficult time with this one so these might seem a little odd).

Lara – Crystal Reed, Nina Dobrev or Freya Mavor

Dr. Hyde “The Old Man” – Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford or Dennis Quaid

Kevin – Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Colton Haynes or Daniel Sharman

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Carole July 28, 2014 at 12:57 am

I think Dylan o’Brien would make a great pudge!

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olivia December 16, 2014 at 2:50 am

I have been thinking that for a while too!! He would be perfect :)

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Mirna July 28, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I can for sure picture Colton Haynes doing the role of Kevin.

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Lucie August 7, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Logan Lerman for pudge!

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Lily August 8, 2014 at 7:46 am

Dylan O’brien ABSOLUTELY for chip and DEFINEITLY Taissa Farminga for alaska she would be the best person to fit that role as she is an amazing actor and plays her role on american horror story amazingly.

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Katherine August 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

FINALLY I see someone else who agrees that Willa Holland should play Alaska! If you need any evidence that she can show her “darker side” in the film, click this link for the trailer for the Tiger Eyes trailer, in which she was brilliant. Thanks again, Sheila.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdqMpHvlA7s

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dezz November 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Kaya would be great i think

a fan made this

https://lfabook.files.wordpress.com/2...

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Kate October 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Logan Lerman for pudge!
Dylan Obrien for chip for sure!!!!
Willa holland for Alaska! She is incredible in arrow to she would do the job!
Either crystal or Nina for Lara, but I think crystal!
And Colton Haynes for Kevin!
And JR Bourne for The eagle!
(Also are you a teen wolf fan? Haha because 4 of those actors have been on teen wolf, personally I think it’s great!)

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Kacey November 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

It took only two days for me to finish Looking For Alaska, because I honestly just could not put it down! I love the writing style used, and the characters were incredible. For English class we were required to write an essay on our independent reading books, and I instantly thought of this book. A lot of my friends were put off by the-lets say ‘adult content’- and they didn’t exactly take the time to look deep into it, but I did. Its an inspiring story. I’d be so excited if it became a movie.

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Allison July 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm

What do you think of Kaya Scodelario playing Alaska?
I mean, when you google “Alaska Young” shes the first picture that comes up. Personally, I think shes perfect for the role. Shes a truely talented actress.

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amanda August 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

that’s because she already played a troubled character… in my opinion, that’d be just Effy with a different name, sort of… I’d really like a fresh face for Alaska. Something as unique as she is.

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amanda August 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I meant someone.

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Chereen August 24, 2014 at 1:38 am

Agreed, Kaya Scodelario is a “yes” for the role of Alaska.
I mean, look at this:
http://38.media.tumblr.com/b54e9039680dfc892ee247be0a3131d9/tumblr_n2y5ljGFrD1qacsv1o1_500.jpg

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Maddy K July 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

Ok. Everything Sheila said (12:36pm on July 2, 2014). Yes. Yes yes yes. MOST definitely Alaska as Kaya Scodelario. Sooooooooooo many people want her to play that role. She would be perfect for it. Please look into it. Thank you :)

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Frankie July 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

John Green,
I read “Looking for Alaska” I think two months ago and I can’t believe there is going to be a movie! I LOVED the book and I related to ALL of the characters.
In my opinion the perfect cast would be:
Pudge: Natt Wolf
Alaska: Chloe Moretz
Colonel: Dylan O’ brien
Takumi: Jordan Rodriguez

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Danielle August 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I havent even finished the book yet but I agree 100% and I think Lara should be played by Freya Mavor.

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Louisa July 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

I am really interested in acting as a career and am wondering when auditions for Alaska will start and where to go to audition. Please could you let me know :)

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Carolyn July 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Dear John Green,
I know you may not read these comments, but I still feel the need to tell you how much your books mean to me. After reading “The fault in our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska”, I can’t help but feel a certain relativity to your characters. Being a native Alabamian myself, I took special notice to LFA and truely enjoyed it. Thanks for all you do, and never stop writing. Maybe one day I’ll meet you back in your former teenage residency, Alabama the beautiful.

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Hannah t July 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

I know I might receive quite a lot of hatred for this, but did anyone else picture Alaska as acacia brinley. she probably wouldn’t act Alaska out well, but that’s just what I’d think she would look like.

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Jenae m August 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

SAME!!! Honestly I have told all my friends this and no one agrees.

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Jazmin August 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

Same here I thought I was the only one !

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Joan B. December 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm

sorry who?

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Beth July 12, 2014 at 4:19 am

I honestly don’t have any input as to who should be who in the movie, the casting guys always seem to a good job with that. But I do have a suggestion for a song that I think perfectly suits ‘Looking for Alaska.’ It’s called “Cigarette Daydream” and it’s by “Cage the Elephant” it’s a great song and I think it would be brilliant for the film.
By the way, I love your books. I’ve seen ‘The Fault in our Stars’ 3 times now and cried every time (I’m not the sort of person to cry at movies, with the exception of TFIOS, I only ever cried at The Lady and The Tramp when I was four.) :) Do you think that you’ll write anymore books?
Beth,
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Kena September 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

That song is so amazing. It seems to literally describe Alaska and the book. Weird!!

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Blake Carter September 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Listening to that song is the reason I decided to read the book, and there are many similarities. Also, it must be in the movie if they make one.

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Frankie July 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I do think “Cigarrette Daydream” would be perfect for Looking for Alaska but I hoped there could be a song by Edd Sheeran too. I know that in TFIOS it was “All of the stars” and it is repetitive but I feel like there is a connection between his songs and this book, specially “Tenerife Sea (So in love).”

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Gillian July 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Cigarette Daydreams! YES! Sorry, I’m just extremely excited that someone thought the same thing as me. Also, Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked would be amazing.

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melinda July 13, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I think Dakota Fanning or her sister would be good for Alaska.

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Meka July 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Frankie July 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Exactly!

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Alaina July 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Can I play Alaska young in the looking for Alaska movie, I would love but how can I get a audition?

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Cara July 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Obviously, you’re not going to get the part. It’s probably not even going to be an open audition. smh to thinking you could play the part.

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sam August 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

don’t be rude . she just wants to audition and you shut her down like she doesn’t matter , what is your problem ? don’t be a bitch .

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Danielle August 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Cara that was extremely rude.

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Brithanny July 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Okay so while reading the book LFA I feel like these 2 characters would play a great Colonel & Alaska:

For The Colonel: JACK O’CONNELL

And for Alaska: Kaya Scodelario (I think ALOTTT OF PEOPLE AGREE WITH ME ON THIS ONE)

Yes I do realize that both Jack & Kaya played on the Tv show Skins U.K., & that’s one of the reasons why I feel like they should play on the LFA movie. LIKE HAVE YOU SEEN HOW GOOD THEIR ACTING IS?! Especially BECAUSE THEY PLAYED SOME MESSED UP CHARACTERS IN SKINS & they are pretty messed up in the book, so do you see my point?

I mean I’m not too sure about Kaya playing Alaska, like she would do great acting, but she just isn’t how the book describes Alaskas appearance.
But books are never going to be exactly like the movies so…

ON THE OTHER HAND, JACK O’ BOY HERE WOULD PLAY A PERFECT COLONEL LIKE YOU JUST HAVE TO CAST HIM AS THE COLONEL HE HAS THE LOOKS, LIKE HE IS WELL BUILT, HES SHORT, & HES WORKED WOTH KAYA BEFORE SO THATS PERFECT!
Although I’m not too sure he’ll have the voice of a radio deejay.
I feel like Jack O’Connell is PERFECT to play Chip!!

But yeah that’s just my opinion on who you should cast for the roles of Alaska & Chip even though you probably won’t see this, I just felt like I needed to try.

JACK O’CONNELL FOR CHIP AM I RIGHT!?!!!
WOO YEAB JACK O’CONNELL PLS OH LORD BABY JAY PLEASE JACK O’ PLAY CHIP.

K bye.

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Jake July 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

So hi, I was just wondering when any information is going to be posted about character roles and their actors. Also interested to know if Kaya Scodelario is being considered for the role of Alaska?. Thanks

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Madeline July 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Okay, Frankie ( July 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm)
You’re amazing. Thank God I’m not the only one who pictured Alaska blond.
And John Green,
Why did you wait until the end of the book to reveal Alaska’s hair color? Pudge described it at the *SPOILER ALERT* funeral scene and he said it was “dark mahogony”. I had it in my head up until this point that she was blond. Blond with pretty green eyes. Anyways, I wish you would have described her hair color earlier so that I pictured her with dark hair.

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Ej July 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

JOHN. GET AN OPEN CASTING IN CANADA FOR LFA PLEASE.

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James July 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

John, please ensure LFA has an open casting call. Not particularly for myself, but for the thousands of actresses out there that deserve a shot at playing Alaska.

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Emma July 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I hope Kaya Scodelario is being considered for the role of Alaska because she would literally be perfect.

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Cleo July 22, 2014 at 2:55 am

I really considered you (Mr. Green) to choose Freddie Highmore as Miles “Pudge” Halter. Remember what you write on LFA? You described Pudge visual which he’s thin, he’s probably like 5’9 or whatever he seems tall and kinda awkward (at the first time), innocent look, cute and handsome obviously just like what Alaska says. And that’s totally look like Freddie Highmore visual! You can watch his acting skills in Bates Motel series or The Art Of Getting By.

There are so many of you suggest Logan Lerman, Dylan O’Brien, and another actor to Play as Pudge. However, but (a) Logan Lerman is way too much in The Perks Of Being Wallflower and Percy Jackson of course. Maybe he comes up first in mind to get a role as Pudge, but I think he’s not the right one. (b) Dylan O’Brien is way too much in The Maze Runner. Dylan has an innocent side look (but not that much like Freddie), but sometimes his face turns into a hottie/badass haha I don’t know you can watch his visual in Teen Wolf series and that’s definitely not Miles “Pudge” Halter. Don’t forget to look out his work out body and he’s NOT thin like Pudge character.

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Carly July 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

Hi John! I am an actress living in NYC and I just finished your novel finding Alaska- I have the strongest connection with this character of Alaska and I did from the very first chapter. I have already read this novel 2x and feel that I relate and can portray this character perfectly. I would love a chance to audition for this role when the time comes. If possible I would love to be contacted at the time of the open casting call.
Thank you for your time and consideration!!
-C

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Carly July 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

Looking for Alaska*

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ayesha July 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Basically
I think Alaska should be british. It would add depth and contrast to her character as its not what you would expect.
Just a thought. Maybe a trip to england

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Lucia & Veronica August 1, 2014 at 11:55 am

First of all, I don’t think Dylan O’Brien should play Chip. none of them is ok for that role
Alaska: Definitely Kaya Scodelario (we thought of her before reading the article) or Willa, NOT TAISSA OR EMMA PLEASE!!
Miles: FREDDIE!!!!!!!!!! or Logan maybe
Kevin: not Ansel
Lara should be Freya cuz SHE MUST BE BLONDE
robert de niro was born to be The Eagle.
John we’ll kill you if Emma or Taissa get the role, :*

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Lucia & Veronica August 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

NAT WOLFF FOR MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Lucia & Veronica August 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT EMMA ROBERTS CAN’T BE ALASKA :))

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Lucia & Veronica August 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

NAT WOLFF FITS PERFECTLY MILES

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Alisia Krieg August 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I think that Nat Wolff should definitely play Miles in Looking For Alaska! He’d be so good as Miles!<3

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Nicole August 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Miles: Nat Wolff or Logan Lerman (I prefer Nat)
Alaska: absolutely Kaya Scodelario.
Chip: I really don’t know but, as the book says, the Colonel is small so Josh Hutcherson would fit good.
Takumi: idk
Lara: Willa Holland, Chloe Moretz, Emma Roberts
Kevin: Colton Haynes

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Charity August 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

It was always been my dream to play Alaska if this movie ever happened, and I know that auditions will most likely be held for established actors only, but I feel I would be a perfect Alaska if given the chance, I feel so connected to her, it would honestly mean the world to me if there were a chance for non-established actresses to audition. Thanks for your time! :) -a Texas beginning actress

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Rute Teixeira August 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

I’m really excited for LFA the movie !!!! thoughts on the cast

Alaska – dark hair sexy and dangerous Kaya Scodelario would be e great fit or Imogen Poots although throughout the book i kept thinking about Gillian Zinser ( but i think they are going for british)

Pudge- awkward quirky tall cute boy nat wolff could really work ( based on his appearance since i don’t really know his work)

Takumi – the typical stupidly cluelessfunny friend we all have. I just imagined Ryan Higa tbh lmfao

The Colonel – natural leader short yet tough looking i have this image of him in mymind but haven’t figured out who should play him. Fans are thinking he could be black, i think it would be a good idea but somehow stereotyped bbased in his personality and background

Eagle just this really old wise man

XX

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Bre August 14, 2014 at 3:08 am

Alaska is blonde and beautiful to me. Gilian would be definitely be a better Alaska than Kaya.

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Giovana November 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Yes!!! I totally think Gillian Zinser would be perfect for Alaska, in my opinion she would be better than kaya (not saying she is a bad actor, but she doesn’t look like the “bad girl” Alaska is)

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Miracle September 22, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I honestly think that Kaya Scodelario or Taissa Farmiga would be the perfect Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean we know that they both could do it and im just saying I would be one happy camper knowing that great actors like them would be playing someone like Alaska because her role is so important and does not need to be messed up by someone who is trying when we already know that there are people like Kaya and Taissa who are perfect for the role and has what it takes.

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Shelby September 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

Is there a way I could send a video audition to someone? I’d love a shot at this role!

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Nadalee October 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

I think Dylan O’Brien would make a amazing Pudge. He just fits the image. He’s tall, scrawny(Sorry), sarcastic, and very smart. I mean just watch the movie he starred in, The First Time, and Teen Wolf. They way he acts just really seems like Pudge. (In Teen Wolf he even chases a girl around forever like Pudge does for Alaska. He’s already got that part down.) If Dylan got his part it wouldn’t even be like he was acting it would be more like he was living the part. I guess he could be Colonel too but really I see him more as Pudge. There’s no way I couldn’t watch that movie if he played the part. It wouldn’t matter how much Hollywood butchered the movie Pudge would still be just like he was out of the book and a amazing character. It’s would be something I couldn’t miss. So please whoever is casting this, please talk to Dylan O’Brien about this. It would make for a really good movie. Maybe even the best that Hollywood has ever put out.

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Katelyn Barker November 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

Dylan O’Brian is a great actor and would fit perfect for how I expected Pudge to be. But I am definitely interested in when the auditions are!

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Liz November 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

LOGAN LERMAN!!!!!!!!

For Alaska : Kaya,Willa or Taissa.

CHip: Josh hutcherson
Lara: Freya Mavor
Starnes. Robert De Niro
kEVIN: Dave Franco!

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Theresa November 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi Mr. John green looking for Alaska was a really good book and I’m happy its going to be a movie. For the movie Miles halter should be Dylan O’Brien because Dylan is attractive, tall and slim, great actor and he would be great playing him, Alaska Young should be Lily Collins because lily is attractive has a nice shape but also looks a little mysterious and also delicate and I think she can portray the role perfectly. And she looks like her name could be Alaska lol. And for the colonel I think Josh Hutcherson would be a good pick because the description fits him well, and josh and chip body structure is very similar. So yea you should definitely cast all of them:)

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Kristin Smith December 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew what the current status of this movie is?

(Obviously can’t wait :) )

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Kaela McGinnis December 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I think you should consider writing kind of a fan fiction, were Alaska doesn’t die. I want to find out what happens to her and Pudge..that kiss killed me. I love your books because love stories are my favorite, and I need to read about them actually being together! Please!!!

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Kaela McGinnis December 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

When does the movie come out ?!

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Ayah December 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Kaya Scodelrio (if I didn’t spell wrong) should play Alaska!

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Hannah December 14, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I identify with Alaska on so many levels. I’ve always wanted to be an actress and my friends think I should be. That’s why I have dreams of playing her but hey, doesn’t everyone? I can only hope for open auditions I would cross the world for them

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Sarah December 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Acting as Alaska would be the coolest role ever! I’m siked when and if the movie comes out!

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Sarah December 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

More then anything in the world I would love to be Alaska Young!! Can you please do an open cast audition!!

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